Arkwright, Ian

Winger.

Born: Shafton, 18 September 1959.

Career: Willowgarth School (Brierley, nr Barnsley), Yorkshire Boys, WOLVES apprentice 1975, professional Spt 77, Wrexham (loan Mar 80) May 1980, Scunthorpe United (loan) Nov 81, Torquay United (loan) Mar 84, HIK Hanko cs1984, Finn Harps Spt 84.

Yorkshireman Ian Arkwright an England Schoolboy International made just a handful of junior appearances before making his debut for the Reserves at home to Liverpool on 16 April 1977 a game in which he scored. He went on to make over 80 appearances for the Reserves and just a handful of appearances for the first eleven, before impressing the then Wrexham manager Arfon Griffiths in a friendly at Lilleshall.

He transferred to the North Wales club for £100,000, but after a successful loan spell unfortunately in only his second game at the beginning of the 1980/81 season Ian suffered a serious ankle injury that he never fully recovered from. Despite this injury, and a broken leg suffered the following summer he helped Second Division Wrexham to a famous FA Cup win over holder West Ham United and to three Welsh Cup finals only to lose all three. By the time he left he’d had spells on loan at Torquay United and Scunthorpe United, suffered two relegation’s (1982 and 1983) and made 135 appearances netting 11 goals.

He then had a short spell in Finland before retiring after a couple of years in Ireland. He then returned home to his native Barnsley and took a job as a Screen Printer and played a couple of seasons for the company football team (PLM Redfearns) before Osteo Arthiritis in his ankle finally took its toll and he hung up his boots for good.

Football League Appearances: 110, Goals: 10.

First Team

Debut: Queens Park Rangers (h) 30/9/1978 (substitute).

FL FAC LC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1978/79 3 1/1 3 1/1
1979/80 0/2 0/2
Total 3 1/3 3 1/3
Reserves

Debut: Liverpool ‘R’ (H) 16/4/77.

CL SC BC Oth Tot
A S G A S G A S G A S G A S G
1976/77 5 1 2 5 1 2
1977/78 19 6 3 19 6 3
1978/79 29 7 29 7
1979/80 22 2 2 22 2 2
Total 75 9 14 75 9 14